Events 2006

The British Banking System
A good role model for Germany?

Berlin Lunchtime Meeting


The German financial system is a prototype of a bank-based system. In the 1980s, this was considered an important pillar of Germany’s economic strength. Nowadays, Germany is characterised as being overbanked and its banking system inefficient (relatively high cost), not particularly profitable and in need of radical restructuring and the need to reform the German financial system has been widely discussed. Does the British financial system provide a good role model? Professor Mullineux will discuss this question with regard to the supply of retail banking services to households and micro and small enterprises (MSEs).


Date: 29 November 2006

John Hills and Axel Börsch-Supan:
Pension Systems and Reforms  >>>
Lecture and Discussion


Ranking high both on the British and the German political agenda, pension reform is a topic which promises a mutually beneficial exchange of perspectives across national boarders.


John Hills, Professor of Social Policy and Director of the ESRC Research Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) at the London School of Economics, and member of the Turner Commission on reform of the UK pensions system, will outline the Commission’s reform suggestions as laid down in its final report and the government response and will give a brief description of the present systems and their problems, the common challenges arising therefrom and the reform concepts on the table: the financial framework for pension reform; voluntarism versus involuntarism; provision for risk groups such as carers and persons with interrupted careers; and the mix between private and state pensions.


Professor Axel Börsch-Supan, Director of MEA, the Mannheim Research Institute for the Economics of Aging, is a renowned academic and pension specialist with broad economic and political expertise and the chairmen of distinguished government advisory boards. He will comment on Professor Hills’ presentation from the perspective of a German policy insider.


Date: 9 November 2006


The AGF’s occasional series "FIT FOR THE FUTURE. Policies for Sustainable Growth in Europe" complements the Anglo-German Foundation research initiative 'creating sustainable growth in europe (csge)'.

Making Bad Jobs Better Jobs
The low paid sector in Germany and the UK

5th British-German Trade Union Forum


This years 5th British-German Trade Union Forum was held at the TUC headquarters in London. It addressed the issue of the low-paid sector, which is growing in numbers in both countries but at the same time a problem area for trade unions in both countries, in terms both of recruitment and of interest representation. The discussion focussed on following main questions: What should be the policies employed and advocated by trade unions to protect the long-term interests of the low-paid? Can UK experience with e.g. the minimum wage and active labour market policies reassure the German labour movement that the low-paid sector need not be a dead-end? Or do German traditions of high-skill vocational training, employment protection and demarcation represent a better longer-term model for national labour markets in the globalising economy?


Date: 10-11 July 2006

In or Out of the Euro Area: Does it Matter?
An evidence based analysis of the trade effects of the Euro >>> 

Berlin Lunchtime Meeting


SPEAKER: Prof. Richard E. Baldwin, Ph.D. (Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva and CEPR)


Political considerations were to the fore in the decision to create the euro. Going forward, however, economics moves to centre stage and the trade effects of the euro are at the heart of many issues, ranging from synchronization of business cycles to the benefits of euro area membership. In this talk, Richard Baldwin presents the findings of his new CEPR Report that marshals the best available empirical evidence on the size and nature of the euro's pro-trade effect. One of the findings is that being 'in' versus 'out' of the euro area has less impact on trade flows than previously thought. This is due to the fact that euro area membership has acted like a unilateral trade liberalization by the 'ins', which boosted their imports from the 'outs' almost as much as their imports from fellow euro-users.


Date: 28 June 2006

Indicators of Progress in Education for Sustainable Development Perspectives, challenges, progress >>>



A 3-day seminar in Bath, involving leading policy actors and researchers from the UK and Germany in the field of developing and applying indicators for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).


Date: 21 June 2006

Energiepreisrisiken und Auswirkungen auf die Europäische Energiepolitik >>> 

Berlin Lunchtime Meeting


REFERENTIN: Prof. Dr. Claudia Kemfert (DIW Berlin und Humboldt-Universität Berlin)

KOMMENTAR: Judy Dempsey, International Herald Tribune (Berlin) 

MODERATION: Prof. Dr. Georg Meran, Vize-Präsident, DIW Berlin 


Die Energiepreise, allen voran Öl und Gas, sind in der jüngsten Vergangenheit stark gestiegen. Die Gründe für hohe Energiepreisschwankungen sind vielschichtig. Der hohe Ölpreis lässt ebenso den Gaspreis steigen. Aufgrund der hohen weltweiten Nachfrage steigt ebenso der Preis für Kohle. In der Folge steigen gleichsam die Strompreise. Derartige Energiepreissprünge stellen volkswirtschaftlich erhebliche Kostenfaktoren dar. Die Energiepolitik muss reagieren und versuchen, derartige Energiepreisrisiken zu vermeiden. Der Vortrag von Frau Prof. Dr. Claudia Kemfert widmet sich dieser Thematik und wird auf die Gründe für Energiepreisänderungen eingehen und die Möglichkeiten der Europäischen Energiepolitik aufzeigen, Energiepreisrisiken zu vermindern.


Date: 24 May 2006

Germany after the 2005 Federal Election
Internal and external perspectives

Annual Conference


The Foundation hosts the 32nd Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of German Politics at 34 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8QB


Date: 22-23 May 2006

Transnationalisation of Stem Research: Scientific, Economic and Policy Strategies in the UK and Germany >>>



The aim of this one-day conference in Berlin is to identify and analyse the causes and effects of increasing scientific migration, and options for governments to influence this phenomenon, using stem cell research in Germany and the UK as a case study.


Date: 18 May 2006

Work-life Balance and Productivity - Trade Off or Complementarity?

AGF Report Launch & Public Debate


Achieving work-life balance is often seen as being in conflict with good management, competition and globalization. Recent research by the Centre for Economic Performance and McKinsey on over 700 companies in Europe and the US shows that this is not true, with work-life balance strongly associated with good management and weakly associated with competition and globalization. The report launch in Berlin will be followed by a discussion with the authors Professor John Van Reenen (Director of the Centre for Economic Performance, LSE) and Dr Tobias Kretschmer (Centre for Economic Performance, LSE).


Date: 17 May 2006

Mindestlohn und Kombilohn:
Die Bekämpfung von Unfug mit Unfug >>>

Berlin Lunchtime Meeting


SPEAKER: Dr. Hilmar Schneider, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit, IZA Bonn

COMMENT: Hannes Koch, die tageszeitung (taz)

CHAIR: Regina Vogel, Deputy Director, Anglo-German Foundation


Date: 27 April 2006

The Economic Impact of Bird Flu >>>

Berlin Lunchtime Meeting


SPEAKER: Dr. Boris Augurzky, RWI Essen

COMMENT: Moritz Döbler (Der Tagesspiegel)

CHAIR: Prof. Dr. Georg Meran, Vice-President of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)


Date: 30 March 2006

Official Launch of the EEAG Report on the European Economy 2006 >>>


As in previous years, the upcoming EEAG Report 2006 will provide a comprehensive forecast for the coming twelve months and address topical policy issues, including merger and competition policy in the European Union, economic growth in the EU as a mid-term review of the Lisbon Agenda, education policy for Europe, and the role of European policy-making in dealing with global imbalances.


The official presentation 34 Belgrave Square in London will have the format of a discussion between three of the authors — John Kay, Gilles Saint-Paul and Giancarlo Corsetti — with the academics, politicians, businessmen and media representatives attending the presentation.


Date: 8 March 2006

The Economic Impact of Oil Supply Shocks on the G7 Countries >>> 

Berlin Lunchtime Meeting


SPEAKER: Lutz Kilian (University of Michigan and CEPR)

COMMENT: Thomas Bauer, Berlin correspondent of Bloomberg TV

CHAIR: Georg Meran, Vice-President, DIW Berlin


The possibility of an Iranian oil embargo is looming on the horizon. This raises the question, once more, of how shortfalls in crude oil production caused by wars and other political events in the Middle East affect oil prices, economic growth and inflation in major industrialized countries. Public discussion of this question has been shaped by the economic experience of the 1970s and early 1980s. Our collective memory leaves no doubt that oil supply shocks are to blame for the economic malaise of the 1970s. An obvious concern is that history might repeat itself if a new oil supply shock were to occur. Drawing on new evidence, Lutz Kilian will re-examine the effects of previous OPEC oil supply disruptions on the G7 countries. The questions to be addressed include: Do oil supply shocks cause a sustained increase in inflation? Can we expect a recession following such a shock? How long will it take for the recession to set in and how deep and protracted will it be? Do oil shocks by necessity cause 'stagflation', a term coined in the 1970s to denote periods of economic stagnation as well as inflation?


Date: 1 March 2006

Public Expenditure and Regulatory Reforms  >>>



Britain and Germany are usually presented as two distinct models of capitalism:
Whereas the UK often figures as a paradigmatic case of an Uncoordinated Liberal Market Economy, the Federal Republic looks back on a long tradition with a Coordinated Social Market Economy. This workshop in London revisited the debate about regulatory reforms, trends in fiscal policy and public expenditure and reform dynamics in key welfare state areas and the public-private mix in both countries.


Date: 27 January 2006

European Energy Supply Security Options for Natural Gas:
Russian Pipelines vs. Overseas Liquefied Natural Gas?

Berlin Lunchtime Meeting


SPEAKER: Prof. Dr. Christian von Hirschhausen

COMMENT: Andreas Mihm, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

CHAIR: Georg Meran, Vice-President, DIW Berlin


“Energy security” is back on the political agenda, with an intensity not observed since the 1970s. Besides oil, this is particularly the case for natural gas: European natural gas reserves, mainly from the North Sea, are running out; import dependency is rapidly rising. Fears of a “natural gas OPEC”, i.a. a cartel of foreign suppliers, are rising. Recently, natural gas prices have skyrocketed as a result of increasing demand around the world, and fears of supply shortages. Germany and the UK are the largest natural gas consumers in Europe, and hence particularly affected by these developments; they are now taking action to increase supply security: both countries expect additional deliveries of natural gas trough the North European Gas Pipeline from Russia through the Baltic Sea, but both are also building import terminals for liquefied natural gas (LNG).


Date: 25 January 2006

Dennis J. Snower
New Directions for Labour Market Policy



SPEAKER: Professor Dennis J. Snower, President of the Kiel Institute for World Economics , who spoke about labour market policies and presented his views on the necessary reforms.


Date: 17 January 2006


The AGF’s occasional series "FIT FOR THE FUTURE. Policies for Sustainable Growth in Europe" complements the Anglo-German Foundation research initiative 'creating sustainable growth in europe (csge)'.

The Impact of Family Structure During Childhood on Later-Life Attainment

Report Launch


Report launch at the Treasury in London: Both the German and the British governments are determined to tackle child poverty. Information about the impact of family background during childhood (e.g. number of siblings, upbringing in a single-parent family, parental unemployment, parental education, urban or rural upbringing) on a child’s subsequent socio-economic attainment as an adult can help to identify the policies that will be most effective in eradicating child poverty. This study applies analytical techniques developed in Britain to analyse hitherto unexploited family survey data from Germany, and draws illuminating comparisons between the two countries.


Date: January 2006

Work-life Balance and Productivity
Trade Off or Complementarity? >>>

Public Debate


SPEAKERS:  John Dowdy, Sarah Jackson, Julie Mellor and Professor John Van Reenen


Achieving a sensible work-life balance is often seen as being in direct conflict with successful management. Recent research by the Centre for Economic Performance and McKinsey shows that this need not be the case. The research presentation in London was followed by a panel of experts who discussed the results and their implications. 


Date: 10 January 2006